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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
An aggressively hopped and higher gravity version of our Kashmir IPA. Five different hop varieties added at seven different times in the brew kettle, hopback, whirlpool and fermenter add to its complexity. This Imperial IPA also differs from our traditional Kashmir IPA with the addition of over fifty pounds of dry hops, adding a spicy nose. Over two hundred pounds of hops were used in this limited fifty barrel batch. The robust, malty and complex hop flavors and aromas are best enjoyed with an extremely stiff upper lip.

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4.1
5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle: Deep caramel, large foamy off-white head, sticky lacing.   Looks great!   Caramel malts, slight hop, sweet citrus peel on the nose.   Smells very familiar... oddly similar to Dicks Bottleworks IPA.   Oh man, quite thick and viscous on the tongue, but not cloying.   Getting a good malt base, seems to be caramel malts, along with sweetened citrus peel, tobacco leaves, and a slight floral hop presense.   Yeah, this one really brings me back to a Dicks Bottleworks IPA I had about two months ago.   I love this style of IIPA, good and thick, not overly bitter, with a good sweetness to counteract the bitterness.   In my opinion, totally balanced.   I spoze its almost nearing Barleywine territory with its maltiness.   Body and mouthfeel are, you guessed it, fairly full.   Clean, flavorful, and well balanced.   Glad that Tom, OldGrowth, sent me a few of these.   Thanks Tom, this is good stuff!   Oh, and the 10.2% ABV isn’t really noticeable.   It packs a punch, but is neither very hot or alcholic.   A sleeper IIPA for sure.   Beats the piss out of most of the hop dominated IIPAs that are out there.   Long live the malt!!!


4.1
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2008
I paid $10 for this bomber, it better be good. The beer is a hazy dark tan color, smallish head. The aroma is detectable from accross the room. It has a fruitier aroma, more like apricot or mango as opposed to the citrus you expect. Very pleasant though, top marks on aroma. The taste is fantastic as well. Very bitter and hoppy, but balanced enough. Has that elusive almost shockingly hoppy quality I love in a big DIPA. This is one of the best beers I’ve every had, I’m definately enjoying this one. I’d say its way underrated, definately blows away the 90 minute and many other rated higher.

4.1
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2008
22oz Bomber I was lucky enough to get this bottle in a trade from RustyDiamond, thanks Rusty. Imperial Kashmir enters the glass a hazy apricot with a few streams of large carbonation rising to the surface. A good looking finger and a half head of pure whiteness that eventually falls to a skimming and leaves some streaks of lacing on its way down. The aroma on this beer is utterly unique. Things are a little faint at first but if you stick with it crazy notes of ground spruce needles and mandarin oranges jump out at you. There’s something else in there, and although I can’t put my finger on it, it fits flawlessly. A touch of alcohol spiciness finishes things off. This beer is delicious! The flavor shows more pine needles than the aroma would suggest. Big and pungent (in a good way). The crazy citrus involved wafts through the pine until the finish. There’s some rich caramel maltiness that shows up and fortifies the hoppiness on the backend. The swallow leaves a nice tounge tingling bitterness. You couldn’t ask for a much better mouthfeel on a IIPA. Velvety and smooth. I run into far too many that are sweet and sticky. This walks the line perfectly. For such a high abv this beer drink far too easily. I’m crazy about the unique hoppiness (tangarine and mandarin oranges) and the pine bitterness. Truth be told I thought this would be a good IIPA but it turns out it’s an outstanding IIPA. I’m going to have to try and get my hands on a few more of these. The unique flavors work wonders in the mouth. 1/19/08

4.1
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - MAR 16, 2008
Bomber from Bruisin’ Ales. Pours a deep luscious sunset orange with dense but small slightly off-white head. Nose is a melange of great hop characters: citrusy, piney, resiny, funky. Graham cracker malt scent resides beneath. Full and initially sweet on the palate, before a melon-like tropical hop flavor comes forward, shifting into a spruce sweet bitterness and then finally lingering tangerine in the finish. Bready caramel malts add a touch of balance without getting in the way of the hops. Considering the amount of hops used, the beer isn’t overwhelmingly bitter like some Double IPAs, focusing more on aroma. A definite treat, in my opinion.

4.1
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2008
22 oz bomber from Brawley’s in Charlotte. I loved this beer. Poured into a tulip glass. Poured a slightly hazy gold/orange color with a medium off white head. Aroma is citrusy hops as the beer warms. Flavor was well balanced for an IIPA. Sweet malt dominates at first, which gives way to floral and piney hops. Medium/full bodied with excellent carbonation. Great beer. Wish I had purchased more than two.

4.1
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber. Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a thin white head. Decent head retention, however, leaving a thin ring around the top of the beer. Aroma is very resienous with a little must and dankness. Some overripe orange with a touch of lemon and grapefruit. Loads of overripe fruit in the taste along with pine and earth. Bitterness is very high but there is a lot of malt to back of the hops and the toast and earth gives this a real English quality. With all the malt, though, the mouthfeel is not overly sweet at all and even finishes a bit dry. A quick shot of alcohol towards the finish lets you know this is a strong brew but it is not off-putting. Overall, a very good job by Highland makining an Imperial English IPA which is something that isn’t seen all too often. One I’m glad I picked up.

4.1
metalhead0043 (342) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2013
22 oz for 9 bucks. Pours a hazy gold with a white head. Smells like fruits with some hops and a slight spicy undertone. Tastes nothing like the standard Kashmir. Much more balanced. Piney flavor and malts take over with little lasting bitterness. Slightly thicker and creamier than your average IPA. Highland should mass-produce this beer instead of the other IPAs they offer. A very drinkable Imperial IPA.

4
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Pours out a nice coppery color with a large beige head. Aroma is very hoppy, grapefruity, grassy, and suprisingly, malt. Flavor was nice. Had a nice smack of hops and resin, but faded away to a nice balance of hop and malt finish. Nice brew drank at brew grass, but I managed to pick up several bottles at the brewery! Nice job guys!

4
Suttree (6541) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Brownish red, nice foamy head. Very piney, hoppy aroma, as expected, but also a definate caramel sweet edge, too. Very full bodied. Noticeably sweet at first, the a balanced out with a smooth pine and resin finish. Good stuff, certainly worth waiting an hour and a half in line for!

4
DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Thanks to Ross for this one. Pours turbid deep coppery with 2-finger off-white head. Aroma of bready caramel malt, tropical fruit, hops, peppery and mango notes. Tastes piney hoppy, with pineapple, tangerine, black and Bell pepper, and bready malt plus some floral finishing notes. Gets a tad hot as it warms, and stays extremely hoppy throughout.


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